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Collaborative Luxury


CoLab Architecture proved itself the superlative choice to design the three luxury homes on the stunning site vacated by historic Parkdale. CoLab Director Tobin Smith designed styles complementary to the outcomes the developers sought for this very distinct niche and, as the name over the door suggests, collaborative work is a specialty.

 

 

The Heaton street frontage forms part of the city’s character assessment area.

Tobin wanted to keep the scale of the original homes in the area but not replicate them.

“CoLab is creating a new heritage that we hope will still be celebrated in 100 years’ time,” Tobin says.

“We have a style that is becoming recognisable and you can see it particularly in the rear house with its strong gable forms that are part of the illustrious Christchurch school of architecture. Brick cladding honours the original homestead, it is soft and in keeping with the area.”

Each home is distinct: “Resorting to three identical builds for efficiency’s sake was never contemplated,” Tobin says.

“The site and the community deserved the best in design and construction.”

Each home does however have a generous envelope, with the beautiful stream and surrounds as the focus.

“The art of it was the design and position to maximise privacy and outlook.”

Takahe Construction led on bringing the homes to life.

“They brought a proven track record to the project and there is such strength in collaboration. There was incredibly valuable feedback going back and forth between us as we put the houses together – it creates a learning environment all around,” Tobin says.

“The level of finish achieved in these homes and the quality craftsmanship are second to none.”

Tim Forman of Takahe says, “In partnership with CoLab, the team at Takahe and its subcontractors were driven by quality throughout these builds, with a clear understanding of CoLab’s vision. It’s been a real pleasure to work with such a positive and encouraging team.

“The architecture was challenging and extremely detailed and, by all accounts, an incredible experience to bring this to life. V grooved cathedral ceilings with clean negative details are a real feature that continue throughout the form of the houses,” Tim says.


 

Let’s talk architectural builds: David Magill Builders


New landmarks are rising in central Christchurch on a satisfyingly regular basis and the latest building to catch our eye will break ground before Christmas.

 

 

Built by David Magill Builders, this three-story home on the corner of Cranmer Square and Chester Street West will be a milestone on your journey north across the city, planting its roots and taking its place in the 170-year history of Cranmer Square.

In fact, we can look forward to a long future association with this home – its foundation comprises piling down to 16 metres, with a raft floor laid on top of that, and a comprehensive structural steel superstructure by Blueprint Consulting Engineers. The striking silhouette created by the semi-rooved deck on the top floor is complemented by the unusual charred cedar cladding. Originally a Japanese technique, the charring is done by Christchurch-based company Chartek. Once sealed the blackened wood weathers, but does not require the maintenance that ordinary cedar does.

 

The owners of the home are current inner-city dwellers who are keen supporters of a thriving centre and love the CBD lifestyle. Architect Kelly Rush of Krush Architecture has designed a clever home where owners and guests can operate independently if they choose.

The top floor hosts the master bed, ensuite and wardrobe and opens out to the partly covered deck. The middle floor contains the kitchen, lounge and living area plus another deck, while the ground floor is dedicated to three bedrooms, each with their own bathroom.

Director of David Magill Craig Freeman says completing this home will take 12 months, as it’s an interesting design located in a busy area which impacts on access. “This build is right in our ball park – all of our buildings have a degree of difficulty, whether that be design, location, client, or sometimes all three, and we are very comfortable with that.”

 

Craig assumed ownership of the company on the retirement of David Magill in 2016. Dedicated to continuing the values that David instilled in him and the rest of the team, Craig says, “Everyone has been together for a long time, including our subcontractors. The mission has always been to be well-respected among our peers, and we are so proud that no-one ever has a bad word to say about us.”

Craig brings a unique and desirable skill set to his role. In a previous life he served the country in the New Zealand Army. Discipline in all areas is innate to his approach, while communication with people is a real strength. “I can talk with anyone, and zero in on what is important to them.”

His training brings an incredibly valuable agility to a project. “We are not stuck in any comfort zone or set routine, so we react quickly and positively to any road block.”

 

Craig places a lot of emphasis on being proactive, rather than reactive. “It buys us a lot of time.”

Every job is worked on by in-house carpenters. “It is vital that their trade and craftsmanship is top notch”. The company works with contactors that they have had a relationship with for several years. “I went through my apprenticeship with a lot of the people who are now leading the companies that we work with,” Craig says.

David Magill Builders happily runs a gamut of homes from $2 million to first home and retirement homes, with five house and land packages becoming available at Ravenswood for $500k, and an entry-level show home at Ravenswood open next year. “What our clients have in common is that they want well-designed, bespoke and interesting homes but with value for money. They seek top-quality products but not necessarily the designer label on them,” Craig says. “And you shouldn’t have to compromise on your quality, your tradespeople, design or the interest on a modest budget.”

 

Driven by a determination to do a good job and honour all promises made to clients, Craig cannot understand why anyone would take the ‘over-promise under-deliver’ approach. He ensures his team go out of their way to hit targets and do a great job. “Regardless of size or price, in 20-50 years, I want people to say ‘who built this incredibly well-constructed home?’”

Visit www.davidmagill.co.nz.

 

 


 

A Home with Hygge: Fleetwood Construction


If the Danish term ‘hygge’ is defined as a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or wellbeing, this Gold Award-winning home built by Fleetwood Construction has it, well, in bucketloads.

 

 

The home – a happy collaboration between the homeowners, Matt Gutsell of Sheppard and Rout Architects, and Fleetwood Construction – is the fourth Gold Award win in the Master Builders House of the Year competitions for Directors Sam and Charlotte Fleetwood, and is amongst the top 100 in New Zealand to get a Gold Reserve Award, putting it in the national finals for the competition later this year.

While it helps that one of the owners hails from Denmark, this home’s innate hygge is a reflection of the couple’s passion for the home and their detailed design choices, which included bringing light fittings back from Denmark. Feelings of home, comfort and welcome are encapsulated in the setting, exterior, and interior of the Governors Bay split-level design.

With the house as the stage, the view down Lyttelton Harbour to the heads leads a starry cast of features. “Matt did an amazing job of designing the home and maximising the view,” Sam says.

 

A stunning slender veranda acting as both viewing platform and outdoor hallway is fitted with attractive vertical metal privacy panels on rollers. “They look like a design feature but are actually practical for shade and wind protection,” Sam says.

The custom-made floating staircase leads you to the entrance of the home and in to the combined kitchen living area which reveals the amazing view. The chic kitchen shows great attention to detail and is a perfect design fit for the style of the home. “The island bench in matte black with a slim stainless steel bench top and modular detailing really draws you in, the hygge is here,” Sam says.

Sleek floor to ceiling sliding doors frame the living rooms’ view and again in the master bedroom, “you just don’t want to leave”.

Sam says skilled hill-builders Fleetwood Construction loves building architectural homes. “The team loves the attention to detail and craftmanship required.”

 

With Sam onsite every day overseeing the details, any challenges run smoothly and it gives clients confidence and the great service they deserve. “This home had eight different types of foundations and retaining walls, a 22-metre long steel frame and a 4.6-metre precast concrete panel, which all had to be fitted with precision. The access to the site made this challenging but the team totally nailed it. It was great to have this hard work and craftmanship recognised at the awards.”

With plenty of architectural masterpieces in the pipeline, Fleetwood Construction is looking forward to next year’s competition. “We work hard everyday to create Christchurch’s most personalised building experience.”

 


 

Helping grow your wealth: Alistair Bean and Associates


“I make investment decisions so you don’t have to,” says Alistair Bean of Alistair Bean and Associates – Financial Advisers. Alistair understands you want top-performing investments, but you’ve got better things to do than be hands-on managing your investments every day.

 

ALISTAIR BEAN & VICTORIA GIRVAN

 

While Alistair is an overachiever professionally, with 37 years’ experience and a proven record of great success, discretion and confidentiality a given, he’s certainly not a one-dimensional, dry as dust money-man. He’s a member of the Canterbury Board for Financial Advisers New Zealand, and even noted as achieving significant results that far exceed client expectations.

A keen member of Showbiz Christchurch since the age of 18, he’s directed for Riccarton Players, had TV appearances, performed on McPhail and Gadsby, and he’s a veteran of treading the boards. Alistair says, “this is a relationship business and I just happen to manage clients’ money”. Alistair loves hearing clients’ life stories, meeting their family and tailoring a bespoke investment portfolio. “I do what I do to help people grow their wealth so that they can realise their dreams too.”

With clients New Zealand-wide, Alistair is one of just six to offer personalised discretionary investment management services, which means making decisions for you so you don’t have to, plus he was first to receive this status from the Government. Demand is high, with few financial services specialising in seeing clients face-to-face.

“I provide the very opposite of the standard class management system where you join a group and all receive the same investment at the same percentage. I keep my client numbers low in order to be able to do one-on-one service, and I treat individuals as individuals – connecting their financial investments to their needs,” says Alistair.

Alistair’s staggering record of success provides the opportunity to add great value to your nest eggs, plus in his company you just can’t help but get interested in investing. He looks after private personal clients who need assistance with the management of their wealth for the short, medium and longer-term. “I’ll manage your personal investments, your KiwiSaver, and your personal insurances.”

While a typical day sees him investing private personal wealth for high net worth clients and their families, Alistair enjoys helping those wanting to move away from minimal returns of bank term deposits and the hassle of being a residential landlord, and towards the opportunity for big returns from domestic and international markets. “If low returns have left you a bit stuck, I can certainly help to change that.”

“Modern finance technology allows for very easy offshore investing where you might get a great percentage return. Volatility in international politics is providing Kiwis the chance to buy low and sell high, while domestically investing in equities contributes to the wealth of the nation by helping companies grow. Many local investments are not scary – examples such as utility and rest home companies provide likely good dividends,” Alistair says.

Investment decisions are fully researched – Alistair travels internationally visiting boardrooms and attending conferences to allow for this. Clients can access their records 24/7, while Alistair can run your investments when both he and you are anywhere in the world. “Don’t be scared to seek financial advice, it will give you the opportunities to exceed your expectations.”

Phone Alistair on (ChCh) 03 288 0404 (ext 1404) or 021 552 587.


 

A Talent for Tailoring: The Gentleman’s Tailoress


We are a tribe, us clothes people, with our passion for design, feel for textiles and eagle eye for detail.

 

Our clothes have to fit, and fit perfectly, or they simply won’t do. Thankfully, our local High Priestess of the tape measure, Megan Wolfrey, has established her own men’s and women’s garment alteration service – The Gentleman’s Tailoress.  Megan completed her apprenticeship at iconic firm Austin Brown and her 35 years in the trade includes nine years specialising in men’s bespoke suiting where she made it her business to know everything in tailoring. Second generation in the trade, Megan’s mother was a sewing teacher and tailoress, and Megan was born to follow in her footsteps. “I just love it and it’s all I know,” she says.

Altering men’s tailoring is a particular favourite, “but I enjoy alterations for both men and women”. Megan loves the pure satisfaction on people’s faces when they see themselves in a piece that fits well. “They arrive in despair sometimes and leave feeling a million dollars when they are fitted correctly.”  While New Zealand’s pre-eminent men’s suiting company relies on Megan for their alterations, there is nothing she won’t turn her hand to – cushion covers, zips, turning up hems and even sewing on buttons if you just can’t bear to. “I just love what I do. I am a people person and I love working with good quality. A good quality cloth leads to a fantastic end result.”

Find Megan at www.tailoress.nz.


 

Kit and Caboodle

Interiors of the Heart: Kit and Caboodle


Yearningly desirable yet rare in New Zealand homes, familiar in essence but elusive to imitate, the aesthetic at Kit and Caboodle speaks to the heart with its cosy warmth accented with elegance, and its appealing cohesion of beautiful colour elements highlighted with sophisticated and surprising pieces.

 

Kit and Caboodle

 

It is the sublime skill of Alex Marie and Andrea Tudehope at Kit and Caboodle which led Melbourne-based designer, Tigger Hall, to select them as the exclusive New Zealand agents for her stunning fabric range, Nine Muses Textiles. Launched this month, Alex and Andrea are showing the beautiful and innovative range nationally to interior designers.

The gorgeous fabrics are suitable for all furnishings including upholstery, curtains, lampshades and cushions. Printed onto Libeco Belgian Linens using digital technology, Tigger Hall has hand painted every design, bringing the imperfections and colour variations, and keeping the aesthetic and beautiful feel of traditional textile processes.

 

Kit and Caboodle

Nine Muses Textiles is a truly broad range. “There is something for everyone; modern and contemporary colour juxtapositions through to traditional colour palettes,” Alex says.
“The range feels fresh and clean, and designs are inspired by Tigger Hall’s varied travels,” Andrea adds.

There are four collections within the range and each is inspired by nature rather than trend driven, “so they will have great longevity over time,” Andrea says.
Alex and Andrea say their favourite designs change daily, but they would happily have all of them in their own homes. “Each design comes in a broad variety of colourways, so it’s very versatile,” Andrea says. “We stock a lot of the samples in our showroom, so clients should come in for a browse.”

 

Kit and Caboodle

“Colour is now really popular in homes,” Alex says. “It is having a renaissance – people are no longer afraid of introducing colour.”  They always begin with the premise that it’s essential that people create a home with things they love. “Home is a reflection of personality; you don’t want it being anonymous,” Alex says.

Leaning to European and American in style, softer lines, fabrics, colour, and pattern are Kit and Caboodle trademarks. “Interiors have to be fun but have longevity and age gracefully, have some elegant pieces. We favour mood lighting not just task lighting, mirrors are great for reflecting light and space but also elegance, and we are big on rugs; they add a layered effect, creating rooms within a space,” Alex says.

 

Kit and Caboodle

Andrea and Alex run the gamut of interior design service. “We have many strings to our bow,” Alex says. They do one-off upholstery, interior design from paint schemes to project management and procurement of entire homes, the finishing touches, repainting of furniture, gilding of mirrors.

 


Visit their new website at www.kitandcaboodle.co.nz.


 

Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

The backbone of Kiwi health


Nelson Mandela once said, ‘It always seems impossible until it’s done,’ and next year the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation will have been doing the impossible for 60 years.

 

Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

 

Established in 1960 by Professor Don Beaven, the foundation has contributed $27 million and counting towards medical research. Put simply, a significant number of Canterbury’s 300 medical researchers working within the health and education sectors would not be able to undertake the ground-breaking medical research they are today, without the sustained and rigorous efforts of the the foundation.

The medical research funded by the foundation makes a real difference in the short, medium and long term, not just to the health of Cantabrians, but to health globally. General Manager Colin McDougall says, “lifting the bar for health is relevant to everyone,” and if the point needs illustrating, we only need look as far as Martin Than’s 2018 study on improving outcomes within the public healthcare system.

 

Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

Martin Than and a Christchurch team studied and applied nationwide changes for the assessment of suspected heart attack patients in the Emergency Department at Christchurch Public Hospital and throughout New Zealand. His research combined a wide range of the essential indicators and tests for suspected heart attacks. The care pathway developed and implemented has reduced previously 24-hour hospital admissions to under six hours in up to 50 percent of cases. The results have been outstanding, with good outcomes for patients and savings of $11 million dollars and 200,000 doctors’ hours per annum nationally.

The Canterbury Medical Research Foundation raises funds through donations, bequests and public events. The black-tie annual Wine and Art Auction is a sell-out each year, and held its 25th anniversary in 2018. Proceeds from the event go directly to a pre-approved research project. Events planned for 2019 include Opera Meets Art at Christchurch Art Gallery on 30 March which raises funds for neurological research undertaken by subsidiary company New Zealand Brain Research Institute. “More fun and incredibly worthwhile events are planned, where you’ll hear from the researchers themselves,” Colin says.

 

Canterbury Medical Research Foundation
Board Chair Geoff Cranko (left)
& General Manager Colin McDougall (right)

Board Chair Geoff Cranko says the foundation is very focused on supporting emerging talent, as well as retaining experienced researchers. “It is critical to retain talent in Canterbury for health outcomes, as well as for the sustainability of our community.”

Your donation or bequest can be tagged to particular research that interests you. You can meet the researcher, so you can clearly see the difference your support is making.
“With its history, infrastructure and breadth of research, Canterbury Medical Research Foundation is ideally placed to work collaboratively with other health services funders to provide much needed support to Canterbury’s talented researchers.”

 


Find the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation on Facebook and Instagram.


 

Takahe Construction

A project of magnificence: Takahe Construction


At awards night, one judge noted that on crossing the threshold of ‘Fendalton House’, they realised immediately the scope and quality of the venture. And so it came to pass that Takahe Construction scooped the Renovation over $1 million Gold Award, the Supreme Renovation Award, plus the Interior Design and Outdoor Living Awards, in the 2018 New Zealand Master Builders House of the Year Regional Competition.

 

Takahe Construction

 

Takahe Directors Tim Forman and Calvin Cocks say the project began as an earthquake repair, with the client quietly mentioning some changes for later. More than half of the property was relevelled, a large percentage of the interior wall linings were removed, along with downstairs timber flooring. They rebuilt the tennis court, squash court and pool, and replaced the existing spa room with a gym – with the spa now residing within the swimming pool – and re-paved the entire hard surface. But that was simply the beginning. MAP Architects designed the renovation, which included installing steel beams to create larger openings in interior and exterior walls.

 

Takahe Construction

 

The house was rewired to an automated system which can control lights, aircon, home audio, television, stereo, gates, pool heating, floor heating and even the towel rails, while the audio system incorporates 18 different speaker zones.
Interiors feature dark oak floor and ceiling joinery, and Carrara Gioia marble lines the entrance hall and master ensuite bathroom. All the lights and speakers are fitted flush with the ceilings, so they don’t distract from the elegance of the rooms. The owners chose basalt stone to surround the pool and Atlantic Flame Stone for the balance of the outdoor area.

 

Calvin’s favourite feature is the 4.8m-high oak ceiling in the formal lounge. It’s invisibly fixed with the Fastmount clip system that is used on superyachts! Project Foreman Lucas Abbot says the 70sqm outdoor room is a standout for him. It features a fully retractable louvre roof, full height bi-folding doors, an inbuilt stainless steel and stone barbeque and pizza oven, seven outdoor heaters and six speakers on pivots, with the television also on a pivot. The whole of the outdoor room is fully waterproofed. “It was the job of a lifetime because we were able to form an amazing relationship with client and architect,” Lucas says. “The client was so focused on the quality and detail, and we had many meetings to discuss details, placing and interaction of elements.

 

Takahe Construction

Also, our partnerships with our subtrades including Swinnard flooring, Designastyle, Wisker Decorating and East Coast Steel went a long way to ensuring the fabulous result.” The challenges came with coordinating everything that was going on inside and outside simultaneously, at any given moment on the site, plus ideas and plans were changing and evolving as they went along.
“It’s fabulous the project received this recognition,” Tim says.

“Over the 2.5-year build, we were so closely involved that we became a little immune to its magnificence. The house was amazing before, but now it is improved by 110 percent.”

 



 

David Reid Homes

Luxe-Living: David Reid Homes


Soaking up the sun, the home by David Reid Homes at 2 Glenturret Drive in Highsted has to be experienced first-hand. On a winter’s day, walking into the warmth of this stunning north facing home is like an embrace from a treasured friend.

 

David Reid Homes

 

Comprising two generously proportioned living rooms, four double bedrooms, including one downstairs with ensuite, three bathrooms, a compact office and spacious butler’s pantry, the clever design by Christchurch’s own Harper Architecture offers a great deal of home for the 257sqm floor space.

Planned with easy living in mind, this house begs to be a family home, but also features the luxe refined detailing that will capture the sophisticated soul of the executive home-seeker.
Interior design by Comber and Comber showcases a monochrome palette which is deftly softened by wooden engineered flooring by Quicksteps. Harris and Bloy provided bathroom fittings and the flooring and tiles were chosen and supplied by Next Door.

An important part of the David Reid brand is raising the standard for quality craftsmanship and finish. “This house is a standout, 100 percent the nicest show home in Christchurch and its surroundings on the Highsted estate set the standard,” David Reid Homes Design and Sales Consultant Chloe Brewer says.
You can purchase the home and lease back to David Reid over one year with an option to extend and visit the website for details on the Rocksolid guarantee.

 


The house is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 12-4pm or by appointment.
Other stunning homes are viewable in Cashmere Valley and Prebbleton.


 

First Table

First in first served: we talk to Mat Weir founder of (now international) table booking service with a twist First Table

The media is not always kind to millennials in this country, but the vision and expertise of Mat Weir of First Table will see them eating their words, as well as some very delicious dinners around the world.

First Table

This innovative and actually useful (because let’s face it, not all of them are) Kiwi start-up is now in three countries and both hemispheres, while working hard on opening in its fourth country this year.
The term win-win is overused, but the First Table concept is genuinely that. It’s like an awesome game of ping pong – the benefits just keep bouncing back between restaurant and diner.
It works like this: participating restaurants release bookable dates on the First Table website. Nabbing the actual first table in the restaurant for that date online enables diners in a party of two to four to eat for half price. The restaurant gets diners into the restaurant early; this encourages other diners into the restaurant.

First Table First Table diners usually get the window seats; the restaurant gets the visual advertising. First Table diners get unhurried service and the food as it should be; the restaurant receives a very positive review. The diner gets to try somewhere new in a cost-effective way; the restaurant is likely to get happy repeat customers paying full price at peak times.
Obtaining a login from the website in New Zealand means you can book First Tables throughout New Zealand, in Australia, London, Bristol and Bath and London in the UK, and Singapore restaurants are soon to be added. There is no membership fee, just an upfront $10 (in New Zealand) when you put your stamp on that First Table online. Mat has aimed for few restrictions, the main one being you can’t book the First Table in the same restaurant twice in row, to spread the opportunities a little wider.
A Queenstown local, Mat started with Queenstown restaurants, followed quickly by Christchurch, where there has been very enthusiastic sign-on both by restaurants and diners. A software developer by trade, he put the concept online himself, as well as doing the sales.

First Table There are now customer and restaurant support and business development managers in New Zealand and Australia and a creative writer in Wellington, plus Mat passed his software development duties onto a new team member. The company employs ten people in Australasia and a mix of locals and Kiwis in the UK.
The First Table philosophy is to be lean and smart: you’ll be smart to join in and lean over your First Table.
Visit www.firsttable.co.nz